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Laura Buckingham leaves the courtroom after pleading guilty to solicitation to commit first-degree murder. She will be sentenced next year.
Buckingham enters plea in plot to kill her child’s father

The state got what it wanted in the Laura Buckingham murder-for-hire case without having to go to trial.

The ex-Marine turned baker pleaded guilty as charged in Roane County Criminal Court on Tuesday.

“You realize by pleading guilty here today you will not have a trial in this case,” Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks asked.

“Yes, your honor,” she responded.

Buckingham, 32, was charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder in 2016.